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COLUMN/Q&A

The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, December 4, 1995 - 3B

Qusto & Answe

Terry

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7 frece foes
Michigan fan ought to be
pleased, you might think.
At long last, those stupid Duke
ue Devils had their 3,000-game
Snning streak in nonconference home
I sketball games broken. Actually, it
.s closer to 95 games, but it just
ems longer. The last time they lost
such a game, most of us were more
interested in watching that cool car on
4 rnight Rider" than seeing Louisville
;pple Duke.
Times have changed, though, in the
'2years since then. David Hasselhoff
tertains us in all-new ways now, and
- Blue Devils are beatable. Their 75-
6Sioss at home Saturday night is proof
this.
But that doesn't mean you should be
4ing the lambada over what happened
Durham, N.C., this past weekend -
r dt if you're a Michigan fan.
For one, that's the forbidden dance.
And two, that's because the team that
finally brought Duke's tyranny to an
end was a Big Ten team: Illinois, to be
exact. And the only time the Wolverine
faithful should be pulling for such a
team is when it's playing Michigan
State.
I'd like to have a quote here,
preferably from a Michigan student
who agrees with me. But just because I
couldn't find such a person doesn't
mean I'm wrong; I'm just alone, and
that's nothing new.
Hating Michigan's conference foes
more than any other teams just makes
sense. After all, they all hate you.
I've been to just about every Big Ten
school, and there's no doubt that the
students at these places believe the
Wolverines are more evil than the devil
himself.
,Perhaps this is because these other
students wish they could've gone here;
maybe they wish their school was as
good in so many sports; or perhaps they
just wish they had football helmets as
sweet as ours.
Regardless of what the reason is, the
denizens of the Hoosier State just chose
to boo Jalen Rose louder than any other
player at the 1994 NBA Draft in
Indianapolis. And the other Big Ten
schools just get bigger crowds at
football and basketball games when the
Wolverines visit.
These people have their act together.
Perhaps their hatred of Michigan is a bit
exaggerated, but that's only because the
Wolverines usually beat them at
football and basketball.
Such losses have cost these teams
Big Ten titles, and that's something to
get mad about. When you're in a
conference, winning it is the ultimate
goal. Everything else is tied for second.
Case in point: Notre Dame. Bo
Schembechler lost his last four games
against the hated Fighting Irish, all in
different ways, but all equally excruci-
ating. Gary Moeller, meanwhile, was 2-
2-1 in that football rivalry.
However, all was forgiven for Bo at
the ends of those four seasons, but not
so-for Mo. Why? Schembechler won
six of eight from the Spartans and
Buckeyes in those years, and he took
Michigan to the Rose Bowl thrice.
Moeller, however, lost to Michigan
State twice, won only one of his last

three against Ohio State and missed out
on Pasadena his last two seasons.
Those seasons were considered
failures, and that had nothing to do with
Notre Dame. It had everything to do
with losses to Illinois and Penn State,
two defeats at the hands of Wisconsin
and, worst of all, a failure to dominate
Michigan State and Ohio State.
That kept the Wolverines from the
Rose Bowl, and if you're a Michigan
fai, that hurt.
That being the case, how can you not
hate those boring Badgers from that
dairy-farm-of-a-state more than an econ
°xam? How can you not despise
Northwestern, which cost Michigan a
Big Ten basketball title in 1994, more
°han fulfilling your language require-
r b nt?
Simple. You get hung up on the
Notre Dames and the Dukes of the
world, and you forget about what
mfatters.

Former Michigan basketball player talks
about his career, the Wolverines

Terry Mills is one of those NBA
players who manages to continually
improve his game 'as his career
progresses. After a standout career at
Michigan which included a national
championship, Mills was drafted 16th
overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the
1990 draft.
Mills was traded to the Denver Nug-
gets before ever playing a game in the
NBA. After an uneventful rookie sea-
son in which he averaged only 5.7
points per game, Mills stepped his
game up and began establishing him-
self as afrontline NBA player. After a
brief stint with the New Jersey Nets,
Mills signed with the Detroit Pistons
prior to the 1992-93 season enabling
him to return to his native Detroit.
Over the last three years, Mills has
averaged over 15 points per game
and eight rebounds. Daily staff writer
A vi Ebenstein recently talked to Mills
about his years as a Wolverine, his
professional career and the current
Michigan squad.
D: Tell me about high school and
why you chose Michigan.
M: I felt like it was the best move
for me, it was the best school I could
go to.
D: I remember the championship
run of '89 and Rumeal Robinson's
free throws. What sticks out in your
mind?
M: I remember the coaching switch
the best. I think we were underdogs in
every game of the tournament but we
knew what we could do. It was defi-
nitely one of the best experiences of
my life.
D: Do you ever keep in touch with
your old Michigan teammates?
M: Yeah, whenever we are in the
same city we get together. I just had
dinner with Rumeal.
D: What do you think of this year's
Michigan team?

M: Well, they will have their ups
and downs but they should be pretty
good.
D: Was the transition hard from
college to the pros?
M: The transition was very hard.
You go from being a guy who plays a
lot to someone sitting behind an eight-
year veteran. Now someone can come
right in and start as a rookie. Back
then, you had to wait your turn.
D: How was the trade from the New
Jersey Nets to the Pistons for you?
M: It was a very good opportunity
for me. In New Jersey, I was sitting
behind Derrick Coleman, whose is a
good friend of mine. I said, "Derrick,
I have the chance to go somewhere
and step in and play." I knew I was
ready.
D: Do you think that Don Chaney
was fired unfairly?
M: Well, the team realizes that it is
our responsibility to win games. We
aren't going to blame it on the coach.
D: How do you feel about Doug
Collins?
M: It's hard adjusting to a new
coach, just like it was hard adjusting
to Don Chaney and Ron Rothstein
before him. It takes time before you
know what is expected of you.
D: Have the years of the Pistons
rebuilding been difficult?
M: Yeah, rebuilding has been tough.
I am not used to losing and we have
come into games not even having a
chance to win. We lost even the games
where we did have a chance to win.
D: Do you think the team is now
going in the right direction?
M: Yeah, I think so.
D: But, can they be champions?
M: Yes. Once we have a group of
guys who have been together for a
while. Like New York and Utah, teams
who have been together for several
years. Those teams are awfully tough

to beat. Our team now has been com-
petitive every game. Once the team
has a taste for winning, we'll be hun-
gry.
D: What are the team's goals for
this season?
M: We are looking to win between
40-45 games this year and learn how
to win consistently.
D: What about your own goals?
M: I want a championship. I have
won at every level. In high school,
and back at Michigan I won itall.
Now, in the NBA, my ultimate dream
is to win a championship. Then I feel
like I could step away.
D: Is it hard adjusting your game
with the line shuffling by Doug
Collins?
M: It's tough but you get used to it in
the NBA. I'm a veteran and I know I have
to adjust my game. One night I am guard-
ing the three spot and another night I have
the five spot. You've got to get used to
adjusting in the pros. But sometimes you
just have to tell the coach that it isn't
working out. The other night I was on
Glen Rice. I just told the coach, "This just
is not working."
D: How is it fun playing against
former teammates?
M: Very exciting. I like tellingthem
4 how I'm going to score on them and
then they tell me what they are going
to do to me.
D: Do you think that the game of
basketball can recover from the bad
press from the long holdout?
M: Yeah, the league will be OK.
The league will eventually become
more popular even though some
people have to play hardball now.
D: Do you believe that it is good for
the league to expand to a global market
with franchises in Toronto and
Vancouver?
M: To me, it's just more games
(laughs). Yeah, I think this will help
JONATHAN LURIE/Daily the league.

Jordan, Tyson head Forbes' list
of 1995 sports money-makers

NEW YORK (AP) - Michael Jor-
dan was the top earner among athletes
for the fourth consecutive year, increas-
ing his annual income to $43.9 million
from $30.01 million.
Jordan earned $3.9 million in salary
and $40 million in outside income,
Forbes estimated in its Dec. 19 issue.
The magazine said he earned $36 mil-
lion in 1993.
Jordan has made $170 million since
1990, the magazine said, and could
become the first athlete ever listed in
the Forbes 400 of wealthiest people.
Mike Tyson, out of prison and back
in boxing, was second on the list at $40
million - all from winnings. He made
$25 million from his one fight and $15
million in signing bonuses.
Deion Sanders, the only two-sport
athlete, was third at $22.5 million.
The outfielder and cornerback, who
was 38th in 1994, made $16.5 million
from salary and $6 million in en-
dorsements.
Boxer Riddick Bowe, who wasn't
listed in 1994, was fourth at $22.2 mil-
lion, followed by basketball's Shaquille
O'Neal at $21.9 million, boxer George
Foreman at $18millionandtennisplayer
Andre Agassi at $16 million.
Jack Nicklaus was the top golfer,
finishing eighth at $15.1 million, in-
cluding just $600,000 in winnings.
Auto racer Michael Schumacher was
ninth at $15 million and hockey's
Wayne Gretzky 10th at $14.5 million.
Part-TI ime
$9/hr.
Answer
Telephones.
Flexible
hours in
your local

Cal Ripken, Jr., was the top baseball
player, finishing 16th at $11.2 million,
including $4 million in endorsement
income during the year he broke Lou
Gehrig's streak for most consecutive
games played.
Last year, the top baseball player was
Will Clark, in 37th place at $5.2 mil-
lion.

Drew Bledsoe was the top-listed foot
ball player at $13.9 million.
Steffi Graf remained the only woma
on the list, in 30th place at $7.5 million
The list included eight baseball play
ers and eight football players, with Sand
ers counting for both sports. There ar
six NBA players, five boxers, five ten
nis players and four race car drivers.

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